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I tukuna mai tēnei whakaahua e Jo Sturgeon nō Moeraki me Puketeraki.

TĒNEI MARAMA • Ngāi Tahu Bishop of Te Waipounamu – pg 5

• Kura Reo Kāi Tahu 2017 – pg 28-29

• Taumutu Tamariki Day – pg 11

• Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival Ōtākou – pg 42-43

• New rangatahi cultural leadership fund – pg 26

• Naia Te Toa - ngā rūnanga sports day – pg 45.


Nā te Kaiwhakahaere Whakakapi magazine throughout the year and at the graduation services I attended. I graduated from Canterbury University myself and it was great to see such a large number of fellow Ngāi Tahu whānui participating in the Māori student celebration. I would also like to congratulate all those Ngāi Tahu whānau members who were recognised in the New Pūkatokato ana te ngākau o tangata, Year’s Honours list; and Richard kōrengarenga ana te puna roimata. Wallace on becoming the Bishop Whakangaeke ana te poho o te of Te Waipounamu. I attended his tangata. ordainment at Ōnuku in January He roimata ua, he roimata tangata. and it was wonderful seeing all his Takoto mai rā te rau piopio, te rau o whānau supporting him on his special tītapu. day. It is great to have the first-ever I kaha nei te ringa o aituā i ngā Ngāi Tahu Bishop of Te Waipounamu marama, kua hori nei. – and a Coaster to boot. Kāti rā, ka Heoi anō, ko tātou te urupā o rātou mā. tau ana, ko te Amorangi ki mua, ko te Tihe! hāpai ō ki muri. Kua eke nei te tau hou, he aha ōu nei moehewa awhero hoki kia tutuki i a koe? Ko ngā pia o ngā whare wānanga o te motu mai i Te Whare Wānanga o te Whare Tū Tauā tae noa ki ngā Wharekura, ki ngā whare wānanga whānui. He ākonga rangatahi mai, pākeke mai, kaumātua mai. Me ki pēnei ai , whakakī ana tō kete uruuru rangi, tō kete aronui. I tutuki ai nā rau ringa, ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini . Heoi anō, e te tī, e te tā, koutou mā te takitini, tēnā koutou katoa. Tena koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. I hope everyone had a relaxing summer break and that you are all feeling energised for 2017. I spent the break on the West Coast and loved hanging out at home with friends and whānau. To kick off the new year on a positive note, I would firstly like to congratulate all those Ngāi Tahu whānau members who graduated in 2016. It was overwhelming to see the number of graduates profiled in this

From a Ngāi Tahu perspective, 2017 is a very exciting year, marking 20 years since the signing of the Deed of Settlement. We are planning a number of initiatives to celebrate the occasion with Hui-ā-Iwi a key focus of our celebrations – watch this space. Initially we were planning for Kaikōura to host the event, but due to the quakes Te Rūnanga has made the decision to move Hui-ā-Iwi to Christchurch. The dates are 24 – 26 November, so put them in your calendar whānau and start making your plans to join the fun. Other events I am really looking forward to this year include Naia te Toa, our rūnanga sports day which will give whānau from around the takiwā the chance to come together for some friendly competition; and Te Matatini, where we have four teams representing Te Waipounamu. In February I went to the Iwi Chairs Forum in Waitangi. The Forum provides a great opportunity for iwi from across Aotearoa to come together and discuss some of the pressing issues for Māori.


Ngāi Tahu also commemorated Waitangi Day with the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival taking place at Ōtākou Marae This is always a great time of year for whānau to come together and discuss the fulfilment of Treaty obligations and the big issues for Ngāi Tahu. As you are all aware 2016 was not without its challenges. In December 2016 Tā Mark Solomon ended his 18year tenure as Kaiwhakahaere after choosing not to stand for re-election as Representative of Kaikōura Rūnanga. Over the coming months we will be completing the process to appoint a new Kaiwhakahaere. As Interim Kaiwhakahaere, I believe that it is my role to keep the waka on course, not to make any changes to our ordinary course of business, launch new initiatives or make substantive changes. I have therefore set up a wider advisory team that incorporates a cross-section of Rūnanga Representatives to help with interim decision-making. I must also acknowledge that there have been issues at a governance level in regards to the leaking of confidential information. Te Rūnanga takes these matters seriously and I expect there to be a resolution in the very near future. It was with great sadness that we saw the passing of Aunty Rima Subritzky and Georgina Hilda Mary (Tilly) Tainui in January of this year. My aroha goes out to their whānau. I hope that the rest of the year brings positive outcomes for all our whānau and I look forward to a rewarding 2017.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura He pēpi

Ngā mihi o te tau hou kia koutou katoa. Introducing Maia Octavia Ruri, born 11 September 2016 in Perth to proud parents Tane Ruri and Desire Hattingh. Maia’s dad is Ngāi Tahu through his koro from Kaikōura. Ngā mihi maioha to our Ngāi Tahu iwi for gifting Maia with her pēpi pack and her unique and ataahua taonga when she was registered. We were totally delighted with all her taonga. Here she is wearing her “Ko Tahu – Ko Au” singlet with her ataahua pounamu, next step is to sign her up to Whai Rawa so she can have a tumeke start for her life. Nō reira, nei rā te mihi ki a koutou katoa. Nanny Kim and Koro Alf. Maia Octavia Ruri.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae Rā whānau

January Katrina Lang, Adrian Tainui, Troy Tauwhare, Rikihana Hutana, Ashlee Wickett , Josh Tamainu, Aaron Tauwhare, Summer Lilley, Rauhine Coakley.

February Tuari Tainui, William Russell (Bill), Ursula Tainui, Allan Tainui, Aleigha Ngaamo, Tihou Messenger-Weepu, Ruihi Tumahai, Justice Tainui, Toa Makapelu, Naomi Jones, Derek Tainui, Mitchell Currie, Nellie Jane Robinson, Toko Lang, Sophie Tenbethy, Mia Robinson, Aroha Meihana, Ema Weepu, Ihaka Weepu.

Positions vacant

Westland High School Teacher of pāngarau/mathematics, permanent, full-time position at Westland High School Hokitika. Seeking an innovative teacher to join our team teaching pāngarau/ mathematics. Competency in te reo Māori preferred. Ability to teach pūtaiao would also be an advantage. HPSTA may apply and school housing may be available. A forward-thinking school with a focus on implementing an immersion programme under Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Kia ora koutou, there is currently a kaiako position available here in Hokitika. If you or any other whānau are interested, please let them know or apply through the details supplied. Ngā Kaikao o Māwhera Wānanga Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae hosted a collective rōpū of kaiako/teachers from the Māwhera area schools at the Arahura Marae on Friday 27 January. The kaiako were given a presentation by our Kaitoko Mātauranga, Shanita Mason with the support of our whānau. The presentation was a small part of an introduction to Ngāti Waewae. This will be the start of what we hope to be long lasting relationships between kura and hapū on Te Tai o Poutini.

Please submit a cover letter and CV to

Māwhera Wānanga rōpū at Arahura Marae.


Hīkoi Waewae

Rūnanga business

‘At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough’. What an awesome morning spent with great company exploring some tracks around beautiful Kūmara.

Rūnanga hui are every second Sunday of each month 11am-3pm. Enquires to Te Tari o Arahura phone 03 755 6451 or email: We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka, so please tell us your stories by sending any news and photos to or phone 03 755 6451. Or visit the tari anytime. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Kāi Tahu, tēnā koutou. Nei rā te whakamiha ki a koutou o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou. Nei rā hoki te mihi poroporoaki ki kā tini mate, kua hika mai, kua hika atu. Ki a koutou katoa i hīkoi atu ki tua o te ārai, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Moe mai koutou i te rakimārie. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou anō ki a tātou, ka huri anō ki a tātou o te ao takata Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Here on Poutini we could be forgiven for thinking summer has all but passed us by. Apart from the odd visit from Tama-nui-te-raki, we have been hit with rain and wintery blasts and that’s all before the weather bomb exploded, letting loose so much rain – not even the Poutini could handle the volume. We have a few catch up stories from 2016 to share this month. We have also had some great celebrations already this year, in what is shaping up to be another busy one.

He pātai nui tēnei…kei whea te raumati?

He pēpi


Jowan Nikau Stevens.

Andrew Mantala and Gemma Dunn.

Congratulations to Luke and Livie Stevens (née Wilson) on the arrival of Jowan Nikau Stevens born 5 August 2016, a wee brother for Wiremu and proud grandparents Colin and Mary and great-grandson to the late Kelly Wilson.

Congratulations to Andrew Mantala and Gemma Dunn, who were married on Saturday 22 October 2016.


Nā te kaiwhakahaere Kia ora e te whānau.

We can achieve as much as we dream if we all make our contribution. So nau mai haere mai don’t be whakamā come with us.

I hope you have had a restful break and are looking forward to a great new year.

Aroha nui, Tim Rochford, Chair.

Our whānau has much to look forward to and many challenges and opportunities as Tai Poutini faces the New Year. I ask you all to consider how we, as a people with roots deep in the whenua of Tai Poutini, can stand and prosper in Tai Poutini and how you can be part of it. Our executive is looking to reshape our rūnanga to fit the vision and future we are hoping to build. However, nothing comes without work and I invite all of you to our regular rūnanganui hui that we advertise in these pānui and on our website. Tim Rochford.

Ngāi Tahu Bishop of Te Waipounamu

Following the end of the service, other gifts were presented before the new Bishop Rihari (so he is not confused with Bishop Richard from Nelson) broke with the usual ceremony by presenting gifts to his Retreat Master, Bishop Richard Ellena and his wife Hilary, Arch Bishop Phillip Richardson (Tikanga Pākehā), Arch Bishop Winston (Tikanga Pacifica) and Bishop Muru Walters (Senior Bishop Tikanga Māori). Each received taonga carved by his mokopuna Tutoko. Promising change, in another departure from the norm, Pīhopa Rihari and Venerable Mere walked out holding the crozier together – with Mere’s parting shot, “…this is a shared ministry”. The service finished, a wonderful kai hākari followed, kaimoana and chop suey for starters, followed by a scrumptious hāngī and then dessert. Ōnuku did a fantastic job supporting the day.

Congratulations to our Upoko Richard Wallace who was ordained as the new Pīhopa o Te Hui Amorangi o Te Waipounamu (South Island Bishop) for the Hāhi Mihinare (Anglican) on Saturday 21 January at Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa. Richard is only the second Pīhopa from Te Waipounamu and the first Ngāi Tahu to hold the position. It was fitting that he returned home to Ōnuku, where he had been baptised in 1945, to start the next stage of his journey. Despite the challenging weather and road conditions leading up to the day more than 400 from throughout New Zealand and the Pacific came together to celebrate his ordination, including two van loads from the coast. For the majority attending this was their first time in Ōnuku and the setting was picture perfect, from the weather to the two cruise ships anchored in the harbour. The new facilities there are spectacular.

The next day, the skies opened up, showering blessings on the more than 200 people gathered to witness his Installation at the college, where Te Hui Amorangi o Te Waipounamu is based. Another significant place, the site of Te Waipounamu Māori Girls College, where his mother, aunties, cousins and daughters were educated. Pīhopa Rihari went off script in his inaugural sermon, speaking from the heart, and competing with the rain which was bucketing down. More gifts were exchanged, this time taonga for the RNZAF rōpū who had played a significant part in the ceremony the day before and kai hākari. A full on, but wonderful weekend.

The mahau of Karaweko was transformed into the sanctuary, holding the altar and arch bishops and bishops leading the service. In the moments of silence, as the bishop-to-be knelt on the steps of the wharenui, about to be ordained, it was hard to mistake the specialness of the moment and of the place. After the ordination, people brought gifts – the stole, the ring, the pectoral cross, the cope and mitre and the crozier - carved by our master carver, Fayne Robinson and presented by our rūnanga Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio.

From left left to right Arch Bishop Phillip Richardson (Tikanga Pākehā), Pīhopa Richard Wallace and Arch Bishop Winston Halapua (Tikanga Pacifica).

Makaawhio tāua present the Crozier to Pīhopa Richard.


Ngā pūtea māhaki mātauraka education scholarships

Our Komiti Mātauraka wishes to announce that we have a range of scholarships available financed by Kāti Māhaki Ki Makaawhio Ltd. Applications are now being accepted for the following pūtea tautoko. Application forms can be downloaded from the rūnaka website or by contacting the office. Mātauraka māhaki ki Makaawhio secondary school grant This grant has been open since 15 January 2017 and closes on 17 February 2017. This grant has been set up to assist registered Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio rakatahi and pākeke with school-related expenses, such as examination fees, field trips, uniform, stationery and other equipment. It is available to Year 9-13 students and for second-chance learners returning to secondary school or completing NCEA Level papers. Applicants must meet registration and application criteria to qualify.

Rakatahi matatū māhaki These grants are aimed at enabling our Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio registered rakatahi to participate in leadership and growth opportunities, particularly tribal and Makaawhio wānaka and hīkoi. There is no closing date for this grant, however, once the annual amount has been distributed, no further grants will be available. Application forms can be downloaded from the rūnaka website or are available from the office. Rakatahi mātātoa māhaki Applications are open for Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio registered rakatahi, who meet registration and application criteria. It is to assist rakatahi who represent their region or Aotearoa in cultural, sporting, arts or leadership fields. There is no closing date for this grant, however, once the annual amount has been distributed, no further grants will be available for that year. Application forms can be downloaded from the rūnaka website or are available from the office.

Whaia te mātauraka secondary boarding school scholarship These scholarships are open to Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio registered students attending secondary boarding school (especially Māori boarding schools), who meet a set of criteria aimed at demonstrating commitment to kaupapa Māori, our rūnanga, hapū and iwi. An application pack can be accessed via the rūnanga office. Applications close 31 March 2017.

Pool and darts competition

Sunday 30 October turned out to be gorgeous day in Hokitika. Limited numbers of whānau entered so we decided to only do the “drawn pairs” round robin in darts. With some fierce competition, egging on and playful words, all the pairs did well. But there could only be one one pair of winners in the end – Mytchel Kirby and Mandy Olson – congratulations. We’ll have to polish up on the dartthrowing and pool ball sinking skills for next year’s competition.

Mytchel Kirby and Mandy Olson, winners of the pairs competition.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Exhibition

On 4 November 2016, the local Polytechnic exhibited the the work of the latest cohort of certificate and diploma students in their hardstone and jade carving course. Makaawhio kaumātua supported the occasion with our Upoko, Richard Wallace providing a karakia. Congratulations to Josey Coyle, Tutoko Wallace-Jones and Josh Tamainu Pu who won awards. Certificate students Josey and Josh were recognised as the most improved (the award Tutoko won last year), and Tutoko

was acknowledged for being the Pāpā Bear – tino kaitautoko o te rōpū supporting and helping other students with their mahi and designs, and holding the fort on a couple of occasions. Well done everyone, with a special acknowledgement of Josh (mokopuna of Nan Pu) and Tutoko, two Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio descendants creating another generation of kaiwhakairo pounamu. Ka mau te wehi.


Marae news

Maramataka Mark your calendars. If you need more information, please contact the office. Nau mai, haere mai.

Bach for sale Only for descendants of traditional land owners and hapū members. Peter and Heather Orr wish to offer their bach for sale at a sale price of $130,000. Expressions of Interest for Lot 1 - DP3882, Block XIV Bruce Bay to be sent to: The Secretary, Mahitahi Ahu Whenua Trust, PO Box 255, Hokitika 7842 or email:

Keeping in contact Our recent mail-outs have resulted in a lot of returned mail, which means our efforts to ensure that our membership database is up-to-date still needs plenty of work. Members can help by contacting the office and checking we have your correct address and email contact details for you, your tamariki and/or your mokopuna.

Rūnaka website and e-pānui For those of you who have not had a chance to check out our newly-launched website, we invite you to do so: www. Members can access a membersonly section which allows registered members to access more information than anyone else visiting the site. All passwords have been emailed and posted out to whānau. If you have not received one, please contact the office. Our pānui are sent by email and can be accessed via a link in the members section of our website.

Facebook:; Twitter: @makaawhio; phone 03 755 7885 email: or Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.

Marae donations

Members have been asking how they can contribute to our marae when they live far away. One way is to make automatic payments into the marae bank account. If this is something you would like to do please note the following details: Pay to: Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Inc Marae Bank account: 01 0797 0636793 02 Details to appear on their bank statement: Surname initials We have several whānau that have been contributing small but regular payments since the marae opened in 2005. Others have made one-off payments and irregular payments as they want. The amount and frequency of payment is up to you.

Christmas pool party

On Sunday 11 December last year, our rūnaka celebrated an early Christmas at our annual pool party. The kids had a fun-filled day splashing around, playing with the pool toys and enjoying a yummy BBQ lunch with our legendary “fruit kebabs” for dessert. We even had a visit from Hana Kōkō, who handed out presents. Another fun day had by all the whānau that came and joined in.


Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke It is with much sadness we acknowledge the passing of Rima Subritzky, a beloved kaumātua within our hapū, who will be fondly remembered for her kindness and supportive nature to all those that came in to contact with her. Her tangi was held on 21 January.

Rima Subritzky.

He pēpi

Hemi Te Rama Pita Kerepeti Paraone was born 12 August and is the beautiful son of Kerepeti Paraone and Savanah Tukariri, loved greatly by his big sister Miere, this big boy loves to pekepeke and kōrero.

Hayley and Matthew Ashley are delighted to announce the birth of their beautiful daughter, Peyton Jada Ashley. Peyton, sister to Heavyn, L’Amour and Luca was born on 23 December at St George’s Hospital.

Hemi Te Rama Pita Kerepeti Paraone (left - 12 August, right - 24 January).

Koha-o-Rangi Cohen Iwi Maire Mackey-Harrison Parata is the first-born son of Michael Parata-Peiffer and Caityln Mackey-Harrison. Koha-o-Rangi was born four weeks early and is happily growing bigger and stronger every day.

Koha-o-Rangi Cohen Iwi Maire Mackey-Harrison Parata (left - 24 October, right - 25 January).

Peyton Jada Ashley.


Marae update

Wheke Marae has kicked into gear again with a number of maintenance jobs including new paintwork on the marae ātea, to ready us for the year. The wharekai development, along with the site works, have begun. I have received many enquiries as to when we are able to consider marae bookings again and at this stage it will be the beginning of June this year. I have needed to postpone some bookings so there may be limited dates for new enquiries. More details will be available in next month’s issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka. Wheke Marae update.

Manawa Tītī

The nomination for the Manawa Tītī programme 2017 goes to Jaunita Hepi – congratulations Jaunita. We look forward to your report back to the rūnanga on completion.

Portfolio reports

Christina Henderson – Health portfolio holder

Cushla Dwyer – Marae portfolio holder

We are still under construction as you will see in the photo above. The only issue to date has been dealing with traffic as the large trucks currently on site require a bit of precision and maneuvering up or down our narrow roads. I have received a request from a member of our hapū asking for any supportive photographs she can use associated to events inside our previous wharekai. If you have any please send them through.

I am currently looking at obtaining a very good irrigation system to assist with all our māra kai. This has been a very laborious job for our maintenance man and although a much needed part of the maintenance, not necessarily a good use of time management.

Care-Plus funding has been replaced by Enhanced Capitation as from the 1 October 2016. This helps people with high health needs eg. chronic conditions, acute or medical or mental health needs and terminal illness. Māori and Pacific scholarships are for Christchurch-based tertiary institution students who are studying a health-related NZQA accredited course and have whakapapa/cultural links with Māori communities and genealogical/ culture links and Pacific communities and is also planning to work in the Canterbury District.

Many thanks to whānau and manuhiri who come to mahi and facilitate hui on the marae and engage with the tikanga and kawa practices. For any booking information please contact the office on 03 328 9415.

Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga Well, here we are again into another fabulous year although 2016 was a great year when you think back. Condolences to all who have lost loved ones, keep smiling and all will end happy for you! Aroha mai. Now to some gossy. Yes, I had a wonderful Christmas as a matter of fact, don’t remember much about Christmas Day, but that’s another story. I hope you all had a good Christmas, I bet you all did – children and all. All put on the weight, preparing for winter.

Timua launched her CD recently, but she will tell you about it. It would be nice if you all wrote pānui to include in Te Pānui Rūnaka, it would save me plenty. So as the weather is blowing up a storm outside, I think that will be enough for now. You have three chances in life. Choices – you must make a choice Chances – take a chance Changes – to change your life. Luv ya all, till next time. KKK. Oh, cousin Charlie, I’m a year older now (49 reversed, not bad eh).



Trinity Jane Mackley, 12, has been recognised for her sporting achievements over the past year. Trinity was named as a representative for both the under 13 South Island Māori Netball team, and the under 15 Canterbury Softball team.

Trinity is the mokopuna of Lesel Flutey and Robert Matiu and great-mokopuna of Arthur Flutey and the late Mania Flutey née Pitama.

Trinity and her dad Jody Flutey.

Trinity at Canterbury softball tournament.

Trinity’s whānau and friends are extremely proud of her Watch this space Ngāi Tahu whānui for one of Tuahiwi’s finest upcoming rangatahi achievers.

Wairewa Rūnanga He pēpi

Four generations

Ruby Waimarie Foster.

The four generations from Ngāi Tahu Southern Genes.

Ruby Waimarie Foster, four months old, has recently received her pēpi pack. It is awesome, Ruby sleeps well in her wahakura, thank you Ngāi Tahu, tumeke.

Here’s a photo of four generations from Ngāi Tahu Southern genes. Erana Foster née Rissetto (only daughter of Rebecca and Ringo Rissetto), mother-in-law Olive (Te Orewa Hine) Wanoa née Robinson (daughter of Theodore and Roriana (Molly) Robinson) holding my moko Ruby Foster (daughter of Erana and Tristan Foster). My wife, Rebecca Rissetto née Wanoa (daughter of Olive and Parry Wanoa), Rainbow Honor Ofelia Rissetto (youngest daughter of my youngest son Horacio Rissetto and Te Hoki) and Virginia Tenya Rissetto (aka Vee Vee eldest daughter of Horacio Rissetto and Te Hoki) Awesome photo. Nā Ringo Rissetto.



In early December 2016, the Waihora Gun Club held their club championships. Taking out quite a few of the prizes was Turanga Maaka, son of Liz Maaka, and moko of George and Edna Simon.

As well as the High Gun, Tu also won the Single Rise, Double Rise and the Points. A tremendous effort, considering that he had to see off a pretty classy field of DTL shooters.

Tu Maaka ready for action at the competition.

Tu Maaka (left) with other winners of trophies on the day.

Te Taumutu Rūnanga Tamariki Day

Manu tukutuku were created at the Tamariki Day, facilitated by Liz Brown, at Ngāti Moki Marae on Tuesday 24 January. The rūnanga mōkihi was launched on Waikēkēwai Creek later in the day. The brilliant weather encouraged a massive turn out of participants including a group from the University of Canterbury, who were on hand to assist.

Whānau with their manu tukutuku.

Tamariki launching the mōkihi.

Liz Brown showing a manu tukutuku.


Lemonwood Grove School opening

Rolleston College opening

Tree planting at Lemonwood Grove School.

Amy Adams, Liz Brown, Justin Tipa and two students plant a tree at Rolleston College.

On Monday 23 January, Te Taumutu Rūnanga kaumātua, Liz Brown and Justin Tipa conducted the turning of the sod at Lemonwood Grove School (Te Uru Tarata).  

On Monday 30 January the Rolleston College (Horoeka Haemata) was opened by the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata and Amy Adams, MP for the Selwyn District. Te Taumutu Rūnanga blessed the buildings and two young students, helped by Liz Brown, did the turning of the sod with karakia delivered by Justin Tipa. 

Ōnuku Rūnanga Ōnuku whata

Ōnuku Marae is common like other marae with a long custom of preserving fish, tuna, both fresh water and marine in a traditional way. We have renewed our old whata to the new health and safety standards of today. This will encourage the younger up and coming generations to participate in their Mahinga Kai practices, such as setting nets, cleaning fish and tuna and preserving kai. This will be an important part of keeping some of their cultural practices alive now and in the future. The building of the whata has been achieved by using local marae members own resources, to achieve a safe environment so generations to come can participate in a way consistent with the knowledge held

by the local whānau. A big thanks goes out to Riki King (concrete plasterer), Ron Rhodes (builder), Jim Shilton (digger driver) and our kaumātua.

The whata taking shape.

Ron Rhodes and Rik King complete the work on the whata.

This example could be used as a way to facilitate the establishment of a similar complex at the nohoanga site at Greenpark Huts. The Mahinga Kai fund should be used to progress this whata as this would bring together the whanau and tamariki of the Horomaka and Taumutu to learn the customs of fishing Te Waihora. Hei kona mai, Pere Tainui.


Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Kura Reo Kāi Tahu

Early January saw around 120 of our extended Kāi Tahu whānau return to Arowhenua and to Te Hapa o Niu Tireni for the annual Kura Reo Kāi Tahu run by Kotahi Mano Kāika. This event has tripled in size since 2010, when it first took place at Arowhenua and while the new whare made things a little easier – feeding the multitudes for a week proved a great challenge for the kitchen team. Kura Reo is a Māori language wānaka for intermediate and above level speakers of te reo Māori with a major focus on our Kāi Tahu history and stories. Classes, which were taken by our own Kāi Tahu language experts, took place on and around the marae. Parents were also free to join in the classes with the tamariki being looked after at a tamariki programme at the kura next door.

As well as classes there was a lot of time set aside for whānau to enjoy a relaxing reo rich environment together. It was amazing to see so many tamariki and rangatahi talking, playing and generally having fun in te reo Māori. We look forward to welcoming the Kura Reo Kāi Tahu back in 2018.

Kura reo Kāi Tahu whānau at Te Hapa o Niu Tireni.

New Whānau Ora navigator

Felicity McMillan Ko Aoraki tōku maunga Ko Waitaki tōku awa Ko Uruao tōku waka Ko Arowhenua te marae Ko Ngāi Tahu tōku iwi Ko Kāti Huirapa tōku hapū Ko Tarawhata tōku tupuna Ko Arowhenua te marae Ko Te Hapa o Nui Tireni te wharenui Ko Liz rāua ko Lloyd ōku mātua Ko Neihana rāua ko Irihapati aku tamariki Ko Nathan Meager taku whaiāipo Ko Felicity McMillan ahau Kei Waipopo tōku kāika Nō reira Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou tēnā tātou katoa.

I have a real passion for the environment and enjoy spending time in my extensive edible garden and tending to my beehives. I also enjoy spending time with my whānau exploring the great outdoors. Nā Felicity McMillan

I am excited to take up this new role as a Whānau Ora Navigator, where I will coordinate and facilitate activities, services and opportunities to support the aspirations of whānau, enabling whānau to be more self-managing and responsible for their economic, cultural and social development and wellbeing. In my previous roles in community and public heath I provided Smokefree (Auahi Kore) support in education settings, which involved training opportunities for staff, assisting with policy development, and working with the school community to advocate for outdoor Smokefree spaces. I was also an Aukati Kaipaipa Stop Smoking Practitioner, where I successfully supported people in our rohe to become Auahi Kore.

Felicity McMillan, Whānau Ora Navigator.


New Smokefree facilitator

Katrina Whiu Korihi te manu Takiri mai te ata Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea Tīhei mauri ora Ko Aoraki tōku mauka Ko Waitaki tōku awa Ko Tākitimu tōku waka Ko Kāi Tahu tōku iwi Ko Kāti Huirapa me Ruahikihiki ōku hapū Ko Arowhenua me Ōtākou ōku whenua Ko te Hapa o Niu Tīreni me Tamatea ōku whare nui Ko Eru (Ned) Russell tōku pōua nō Ōtākou Ko Katherine Ngahine Russell (née Solomon) tōku tāua nō Arowhenua Ko Eru (Joe) Russell rāua ko Judy Simeon ōku mātua Ko Adrian tōku hoa rangatira Ko Te Rangihau taku tama Ko Atawhaia taku tamāhine Ko Katrina Whiu ahau I am the new smokefree facilitator for Arowhenua Whānau Services.

This is a whole new career direction for me after 27 years in the hair industry, but I felt I had great transferable skills, am personable and have great networking contacts to bring to this role. After 10 years living in Brisbane, we decided after my father Eru Joseph Russell (Joe) passed away while on a fishing trip in North Queensland to come home. I am loving all the training and courses available to me while keeping a lot of my focus in our own rohe. New and exciting things are on the horizon.

Katrina Whiu, new smokefree facilitator for Arowhenua Whānau Services.

Te Rūnanga o Waihao Ngā mate

Waihao Rūnanga extends our deepest sympathy to all our whānau suffering the loss of loved ones at this time. We acknowledge the whānau of Arthur Duffy, Ivy McGaughey, John Thomas and Maureen Te Maiharoa.

Arthur Duffy.

John Thomas.

Ivy McGaughey.


Marae news

Rūnanga information

Waihao Marae has had the pleasure of hosting the Lower Waitaki Zone Committee, Aoraki National Park Hui and the Waimate High School Peer Support Training. The te reo classes that ran in 2016 proved to be very popular, therefore plans are being put into place to continue the classes from mid-February.

The 2017 school shoe grant has been endorsed by the executive and will run throughout the year. Any whānau member who would like to apply for this grant can request an application from the rūnanga office.

Meeting calendar

Below is a list of all the whānau meetings scheduled for 2017. Please take time to mark these on your calendar. These whānau meetings will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm, followed by lunch.

Waihao whānau gathered together for a whānau meeting and Christmas party on 10 December. It was a lovely day with sunshine, great company and fabulous kai.

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February 12 April 9 June 11 August 13 October 8 (Annual General Meeting) November 12.

Rūnanga information and announcements

We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you wish to contribute, please send your news and photos to the office of Te Rūnanga o Waihao by phone 03 689 4726 or email:

Whānau at the Christmas party.

Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Educational grants

Otago Polytechnic/Rūnaka Scholarship

These grants are now open for 2017 and support whānau who whakapapa to Moeraki and are looking to further their studies at a recognised tertiary institution. Applications will close on Friday 31 March.

The 2017 Otago Polytechnic/Rūnaka Scholarship covers tuition fees for up to three years for a chosen programme of study at Otago Polytechnic. The purpose of the Rūnaka Scholarship is to encourage Kāi Tahu students to succeed in tertiary education by removing financial barriers to study. The scholarships also acknowledge the contribution students can make to their rūnaka and local community.

Eligibility These grants will provide financial assistance to tertiary students who meet the following criteria: 1. Registered as a member of Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Inc. 2. Attending a tertiary institution and enrolled in a course leading to a recognised qualification.

This scholarship is offered to one student, for study in a chosen programme at Otago Polytechnic, from each of the four local rūnaka namely: 1. Te Rūnaka o Moeraki: 2. Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki: 3. Te Rūnaka o Ōtākou: 4. Hokonui Rūnaka:

To obtain an application form please contact Jenny Brookes, Office coordinator, Te Rūnanga o Moeraki office, Tenby Street, Moeraki RD2, Palmerston, Phone 03 439 4816; email:

Please send your completed application to the rūnaka that you affiliate with well before the closing date of 18 March.


Moeraki whānau celebrate new marae building

A group of Moeraki whānau gathered for the opening of the new Kāti Huirapa whare, Te Hapa o Niu Tireni on Saturday 12 November, despite the drizzling rain and cold conditions.

From left to right; Tiana Mihaere, Justin Tipa and Hana O’Regan. Karen Coutts, our Moeraki Te Rūnanga Representative. Tiana Mihaere and Koa Whitau Kean.

Update from Te Rūnanga representative and alternate Karen Coutts, the Te Rūnanga o Moeraki representative has planned for pre-Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu hui teleconferences for 2017. The dates are always the Wednesday before a TRoNT hui or wānanga and are as follows:

Karen is still planning to hold a TRoNT workshop sometime during the year that will be a follow-up wānanga on the ‘Papatipu Rūnanga Aspirations’ kōrero and should include further exploration of what devolution could look like. Timing for the workshop will be fixed once the kitchen re-development timing is known. Karen spoke at the last rūnaka hui about the process and timing for the election of the new Kaiwhakahaere, and welcomes any further feedback on that matter which will also be discussed again at Moeraki. Karen and Stacey are contactable via the office.

15 February, 15 March, 12 April, 17 May, 14 June, 12 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October. The teleconference usually covers what has happened at the last hui, as well as a summary of what is in the general and information papers for the hui coming up. Copies of all papers are available on request from the office in either hardcopy or electronic.

Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Nurse-led clinics

Dates for clinics in East Otago from February - June are:

Nurse-led clinics can provide a range of services including tamariki ora checks, rangatahi checks, cervical smears, sexual health checks and contraception advice, pregnancy testing, weight monitoring, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, heart, diabetes and breathing checks to identify your risk of illness, access to a podiatrist or dietician – helping you know who and what is available to meet your health needs.

• Friday 17 March, 10am - 3pm - Puketeraki Marae • Friday 7 April, 10am - 3pm - Waikouaiti Event Centre - Podiatrist • Thursday 11 May, 10am - 3pm - Puketeraki Marae • Friday 9 June, 10am - 3pm - Puketeraki Marae. For any enquiries or information regarding the nurseled clinics you can contact KTKO Ltd on 03 974 6871, fax 03 974 8047 or by email at


Rūnaka general meetings

• Sunday 7 May, 11am at Puketeraki Marae • Sunday 27 August, 11am at Puketeraki Marae • Sunday 5 November at Puketeraki Marae, following Annual General at 10am.

Rūnaka Wānaka ki Murihiku

There may still be a seat or two available for this haereka happening from 24-27 March. If you are interested in joining the rōpū, please contact the rūnaka office as soon as possible to secure your place. Preference is given to those who have attended earlier wānaka in this series.

Flying the Āraiteuru flag.

Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou Kia ora koutou whānau, ka mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa. Kā mihi o Te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa. We wish you all the best for the New Year.

Rā whānau

Ngā mate

Wishing you a very happy birthday - Ngā mihi rā i tō rā whānau.

Me ngā whakaaro, inoi aroha atu - with loving thoughts and prayers to those who have lost a love one at this time.

Archaeological monitoring

Archaeological monitoring at Papanui Inlet is continuing to identify and excavate eroding worked wood from along the foreshore. This site shot to prominence in 2014 after the excavation of a six-and-a-half metre partial waka hull, and since then, quite a number of smaller wooden items associated with waka have been discovered.

The volunteer monitoring team, under the direction of archaeologists Shar Briden, Brian Allingham, and Rachel Wesley are making fairly regular trips over the summer to continue monitoring this dynamic wāhi tūpuna.

Preparing for a day’s mahi over the Christmas break. (F Carolyn Campbell, Edward Ellison, Brain Allingham, Daniel Tipa, Phil Latham).

Koreana Wesley-Evans carefully works around an artefact on a December excavation. From left, Brian Allingham, Carolyn Campbell, Koreana Wesley-Evans, Rachel Wesley, Kate Dempsey.


Graduation success

Graduations are emotional events, as graduates found at the Otago Polytechnic in conjunction with Capable NZ and Pre-Māori and the main graduation ceremonies held from 8 – 10 December. Our congratulations go to Ōtākou members, Michelle Taiaroa McDonald and Paulette Tamati-Elliffe who both graduated with a Bachelor in Applied Management Strategic Management with distinction; and Natalie Karaitiana in Bachelor in Applied Management and Māori Organisational Leadership with distinction. From left: Natalie Karaitiana, Michelle Taiaroa McDonald and Paulette Tamati-Elliffe, Ōtākou graduates of the Capable NZ Kāi Tahu Cohort.

New Year’s Eve in the Octagon

Wātene Māori were a presence in the Octagon on New Year’s Eve. Crowds were well behaved with only a couple of incidents. The Wātene Māori have supported some tangi over this season and were on traffic control at the Ngāi Tahu Treaty commemorations on 6 February.

Left to right: Chris Holtham, Toni Wall (Senior Constable, Dunedin Area Iwi Pacific Liaison Officer Dunedin Central Police Station) and Te Hau Moses enjoy a moment together in the Octagon, Dunedin.

Coming Events

Treaty commemorations By the time this February pānui goes to print, Waitangi Day will be all done and dusted. Tracey Potiki worked tirelessly to create a great programme with the steering komiti and office staff especially administrator, Nic Hedley. Also Pete Asher – groundsman, Toni Evans – cleaner, kaimahi teams, whānau members and Department of Conservation Coastal Otago office working bees have done a great job to prepare for the big day.

Methodist pūtea grant

Applications for the Methodist Pūtea Grant are nowopen to the seven Papatipu Rūnaka, south of the Waitaki and close 31 March. The grant provides financial assistance for Kāi Tahu members engaged in theology and/or wairua related studies; and financial assistance for the upkeep of church buildings attached to Kāi Tahu marae and/or rūnaka.

Last year the two successful applicants were Purākaunui Block Inc, Motoitoi Documentary, Nicola Taylor – $3,500; and Waikouaiti Sec 2, Blk XII Trustees, Brenda Van Strik – $1,000 We look forward to receiving this year’s applications. Application forms are available from our office 03 478 0352 or

Ōtākou hīkoi

For all enquiries or to express your interest in being a part of the hīkoi, please phone the office: 03 478 0352 or email Tracey at

Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai. Ōtākou Rūnaka are seeking registrations of interest from hapū members who are able to commit to the Taranaki hīkoi from 1-12 November this year. Please contact us via email: to confirm your interest. Whānau will need to be self-supporting and fundraise for own expenses.

Next Ōtākou pānui news items, i.e. births, deaths, achievements, history items are welcome by 1 March. Ka mihi aroha ki a koutou e te whānau o Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, from Ōtākou Rūnaka.

• The charter bus or buses willleave from Ōtākou Marae and will travel stopping at key sites along the way. • Whānau will be asked to commit time to learning waiata for the hīkoi. 18

Te Rūnanga o Hokonui Application for Hokonui Alternate Representative Hokonui Rūnanga invites applicants for the position of Hokonui Alternate Representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Attention: Netta Mackintosh, Chairman – Appointment’s Komiti, PO Box 114 – Gore 9740 Email:

Applications must be in writing and meet the application criteria of Hokonui Rūnanga Electoral Process.

Applications must be received by Friday 31 March 2017 5pm. Please contact the rūnanga office for a copy of the application criteria.

Kaumātua health days

Health days have started for the new year. These run every third Wednesday and include health promotions and a range of different activities designed for kaumātua. They will be held on 15 February, 8 March, 29 March, 19 April. For any further information please contact the office.

Housie at the last Kaumātua health day.

Kaimahi hui

At the end of last year Hokonui Rūnanga held a function for staff and whānau. Here are a few images from the day.

From left: Terry Stott - John Rogerson Percy Robinson.

From left: Corban Williams, Tau-tau Murchie - Pasty Murchie.


Hokonui Runanga Staff.

Te Kākano – Nurse-led clinics

There is a clinic held in Gore and Mataura on a monthly basis:

Nurse-led clinics can provide a range of services including tamariki and rangatahi ora checks, cervical smears, sexual health checks and contraception advice, pregnancy testing, weight monitoring, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, heart, diabetes and breathing checks to identify your risk of illness, access to a podiatrist or dietician – helping you know who and what is available to meet your health needs. These clinics are free of charge, strictly confidential and you can just turn up on the day – no appointment necessary.

Gore clinics Mon 13 Feb 10am-4pm Mon 6 Mar 12pm-6pm Mon 3 Apr 10am-4pm Mon 1 May 12pm-6pm Mon 12 Jun 10am-4pm Mon 3 Jul 12pm-6pm

Mataura clinics Mon 20 Feb 10am-4pm Mon 13 Mar 12pm-6pm Mon 10 Apr 10am-4pm Mon 8 May 12pm-6pm Mon 19 Jun 10am-4pm Mon 10 Jul 12pm-6pm

E tū women in leadership

Some of the lovely woman from E tū are holding their first Women in Leadership hui for the year at Hokonui Rūnanga.

Women in leadership rōpū 2017.

School workshop support

They are designed to support learners and whānau to feel confident with their academic choices and will focus on planning and discussion of NCEA requirements and expectations of learners undertaking L1, L2, L3 qualifications. They are designed to empower whānau and schools with communication of aspirations and goals.

These fantastic one-hour workshops for whānau will be delivered during the first term of school. Look out for dates in school newsletters.


Contact Colleen for information and support regarding your tamariki/rangatahi education needs. We can explore the options together: • • • • • •

Advocacy Whānau education action plans Learner support funding for extra tuition (pending eligibility) Learn how you can be involved and make a difference in improving outcomes for your children at home and school Support information for schools, BOT’s, Community and Government Organisations NCEA information and support.

Colleen Te Au, Kaitoko Mātauranga, Community Development and Education Hokonui Rūnanga phone 03 208 7954 or 0278679129. Colleen Te Au, Kaitoko Mātauranga.


Waihōpai Rūnaka Kia ora whānau, I hope you are all well and rested and looking forward to an exciting year ahead. This summer has had its moments – for a start, we have hardly seen the big yellow glow in the sky and when we do it’s blowing a gale. But that’s the way it goes - rain, gales and very little sun. Let us be thankful that we are alive and can enjoy whatever the weather gods send especially here in the southern isles – live and let live and enjoy whānau time.

Nō reira, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa to the whānau that have lost a loved one, Waihōpai sends their condolences and aroha to you and your whānau, aroha nui. Also a huge congratulations to whānau that have a new addition aroha nui to you and your new pēpi. Cheers whānau. Lastly to all the whānau who have had a birthday over the break, a big congratulations to you all and hope you had a great day.

Tā Mark Solomon farewell event

The rūnaka re-opened on 16 January and it’s been a bit quiet in regards to marae hui, but no doubt the office has been busy. Waihōpai, Ōraka-Aparima and Hokonui had a hui on Sunday 29 January at Murihiku Marae celebrating Tā Mark Solomon’s farewell. What a great leader – a very humble man – thank you very much Tā Mark for taking us all on a fantastic journey of growth for Kāi Tahu, Kāti-Māmoe and Waitaha. You have done your mahi with honour and integrity. You have upheld your mana and your whānau mana as well. Waihōpai whānau wish you and Lady Maria all the best for the future arohanui to you both.

Kukupa Tirikatene and Tā Mark Solomon at his farewell event at Murihiku Marae.


Sol Somerville Sol Somerville attended TOA Sports (Sports training and Indigenous culture) at Ara Institute of Canterbury and was awarded the top student for 2016. Sol is planning to complete a Certificate in Fitness this year at Ara. He is the grandson of the late Sue Somerville and the son of Niels Somerville and Kim Lowe.

Daniel Kahura, Ara Sports Tutor and Sol Somerville at graduation in 2016.

Samantha Te Au George Te Au’s great-granddaughter, Samantha Te Au was admitted to the Bar as a barrister and solicitor in the Auckland High Court in 2016. Well done, we wish you all the best with your further studies and career. Have a great month, till then hei konei rā, nā Squirrel on the hill.

Samantha Te Au, recently admitted to the Bar.


Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka We hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas break and were able to spend time with whānau and friends over this period. Hopefully you are now feeling energised and ready to meet this year’s challenges. The first quarter of the year is shaping up to be busy on all fronts. A hardy group of volunteers and staff are presently labouring away completing maintenance and cleaning tasks at the venue.

a school group from the United States at the end of February. This is a bi-annual trip for them. The students are preparing a lesson on the native American influences in their area. They have offered to present this to whānau if there is enough interest. As you can see we have a diverse range of activities happening and we are heavily reliant on the generosity of our volunteers to help us meet these obligations and commitments. So, if you wishto play a more active role within your rūnaka please contact us at the office.

The next scheduled trip for a volunteer group to head out to Rarotoka will be at Easter. We are also hosting

Kalani and Grayson Elder

Kalani and Grayson Elder travelled to Christchurch for the South Island Rugby Tournament last year. Kalani’s under 16 team was runner-up and Grayson’s team won their grade. Grayson was also named in the South Island team.

Kalani and Grayson Elder.

Marae Christmas party

On Sunday 11 December Takutai o Te Tītī hosted the Ōraka Aparima Christmas party. Despite the less-thanperfect conditions, spirits were high and everyone had a great time. The wharekai team worked with military precision and produced some excellent kai. The kapa haka rōpū gave a wonderful performance and Hana Kōkō made an appearance.

This was an awesome day filled with fun, friendship and laughter. It was fantastic to see tamariki buzzing around excitedly and to have so many people at the marae. A big thank you to all the volunteers who made this day possible, your help was much appreciated.

The kapa haka group performing at the Christmas Party.

Whānau await the arrival of Hana Kōkō.


Bull whānau Trip to Rarotoka

From Ranui On News Year’s Day I flew out to Rarotoka Island for three days of whānau time with my two daughters Amanda and Tania and other family members. What a wonderful time we had. Two of the old lighthouse keepers homes have been done up, and are very comfortable and warm with the addition of new wood burners. The isolation from the mainland reminded me of the Tītī Islands but with fewer trees. We went for walks around the tracks, and saw plenty of birdlife. Finding time to relax, after the Christmas and New Year’s rush, I read some books that were written by young girls who lived on the Island that told of their daily lives and routines. Lighthouse keepers were a hard breed, and life was sometimes very tough, but they really seemed to enjoy it, as did their families. I love the history. Thank you for the trip out there. Nā Ranui Bull.

From Tania I really enjoyed my time on Rarotoka. Just a quick copter ride over to the island, which reminds me of the Mutton Bird Islands. The houses were really cool, and I especially like that they were all made the same. Two houses have been done up, and they look really nice, one is still to be done. The lighthouse is really big when you are standing right there looking at it. In the house Dad read some books and told us about the girls and their life on the island, which was really cool. We went for walks along the tracks, and down to the beach. It was really great to spend time with our whānau over there, in such a great place. I can’t wait to go back some day. Thank you for the trip. Nā Tania Bull.

From Amanda On New Year’s Day we flew to Rarotoka on the helicopter which was really cool. We walked the tracks, climbed up big rocks and played down at the beach and in the water, the place is great. Seeing the lighthouse was really cool, especially at night time cause the light was going around. There were three houses, two of them have been done up and were really nice and warm. This island reminds me of the Mutton Bird Islands, especially with having to use a generator. I loved spending time with my whānau over there and meeting new people like Dean and Sally Cole and their grandchildren Mahana and Naera. Thank you Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka for the opportunity. Nā Amanda Bull.

Amanada, Ranui and Tania Bull Tania Bull ready to fly to Rarotoka.

Volunteer mahi

Outside we water-blasted the walkway and around the soffits, cleaned the gutters, trimmed the flaxes on the walkway and weed whacked some areas around the complex. We managed to get most of the scheduled work completed. A huge thank you to all of you who gave your time for this mahi.

A small group of volunteers and staff recently travelled up to Te Kōawa Tūroa o Tākitimu to complete some much needed mahi in and around the complex. The room adjacent to the main lounge was given a complete makeover and is now looking great.

Urupā Site (Aparima)

Work has commenced on the removal of old retaining wall irons along the rugby ground side of the Aparima river foreshore. The cultural monitoring was necessary due to the significance of the site as an early Kaik and Urupā.

Muriel Johnstone observes contractor Barry Anderson.


Dusky Sound exhibition

The Tamatea, Art & Conservation in Dusky Sound exhibition was held in the Southland Museum on Friday 16 December. The Carving of Tū Te Rakiwhānoa was loaned by Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka for the exhibition. This beautiful piece usually rests in the wharenui at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae. The opening was well attended by Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka whānau.

Aunty Jane Davis and Shona Fordyce standing beneath the carving of Tū Te Rākiwhanoa.

Ōraka Seal

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka staff recently got a phone call to say a pup seal had been playing on the road at Colac Bay, and that it looked thin and distressed. Staff attended and assessed the situation. The poor wee thing was down by where the road has been washed out among the rocks being used as bank protection. It couldn’t find a hole big enough to get back through and out to the water. Locals once again came to the aid and helped catch it and put it safely back in the water where it was last seen body surfing in the waves. Please note small sea mammals can often be found this time of year out on dry land. First point of call is the Department of Conservation: 03 2112482 Seal at Colac Bay.

Sunday Fun Day

On Sunday 22 January the Colac Bay community held a Sunday Fun Day. This was an amazing day and congratulations to the organisers. The day was designed for the whole family with activities and stalls. Activities were centered at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae. Tamariki were given fire service uniforms to try on, then they were able to go through a tunnel and try and find their way out – all in the dark. This proved to be a fun game and some tamariki completed this course more than once. Once they completed the course there were balloons, lollies and stickers for them.

Riki Bull of Colac Bay wearing the Firefighter uniform.


Te Anau holiday home

Whānau communication

Did you know that we have a comfortable house for whānau to rent in Te Anau? This property sleeps eight and is located in the heart of the town. It is within walking distance of all amenities and only a short distance from many of the tourist opportunities the region has to offer. Please contact the office for further details or to make a booking.

We are looking at ways to improve our communications with whānau and are exploring different ways to get the word out there about what is going on. We have created an opportunities page on Facebook. This page will carry details of any opportunities for our members such as: details of scholarships, bird transfers, vacancies for representatives on various boards and much more. The link below will take you to this page.

Contact details

We are progressively updating our membership database to improve the quality of our information. So if you or any of your whānau have moved house or changed email address or phone numbers then please let us know as soon as possible.

In the interim we will continue to send you emails. If you no longer wish to receive emails please let us know.

Awarua Rūnanga Te Rūnanga o Awarua Appointment Committee

Te Rūnanga o Awarua Appointment Committee is responsible for appointing the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Representative and Alternate Representative positions in line with clause 16(2)(c) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Act 1996.

Te Rūnanga o Awarua Appointment Committee apologises for any confusion however we hereby confirm that we are re-running the nominations process for the Te Rūnanga of Awarua Representative and Alternate Representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Any nominations previously submitted will not be considered valid and will need to be resubmitted if the nominee wants to be considered for Te Rūnanga of Awarua Representative and/or Alternate Representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Applications close 4pm on the Friday 31 March 2017. For an application form, including eligibility criteria, please call Te Rūnanga o Awarua office Phone: 03 212 6020 or email to to request the forms. Tina Mitchell, Administrator, Te Rūnanga o Awarua Appointment Committee.

Te Rūnanga o Awarua Appointment Committee formally invites applications for the Te Rūnanga of Awarua Representative and Alternate Representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Taurahere Groups Ngāi Tahu ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara

We hope to also have support from the office there. Dates planned for other whānau hui this yearare Sunday 28 May and Sunday 27 August. Whānau are encouraged to contact each other via our Facebook page. If you are not on the page, please join: Ngāi Tahu ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara; and feel free to invite the whānau to join you in activities. Contact Karen Coutts on 027 365 3993 or email

The second whānau hui will be held on Sunday 26 February at the 24d Marine Parade, Petone, Lower Hutt (the Wellington Tenths Trust offices). Following suggestions given by whānau last year, the programme will include te reo practise, waiata practise, kai and a session that will be covering some of the issues currently occurring for Ngāi Tahu, such as the election of the Kaiwhakahaere.


Kāi Tahu ki Ōtaki

Three generations of Ngāi Tahu joined in Te Hui Whakapūmau 2016, Victoria University Graduation. Dr Lynne Russell of Ngāi Tahu has worked for many years in suicide prevention and health.

Ko te manu e kai i te miro nōna te ngahere, Ko te manu e kai i te mātauranga nōna te ao. E rere ngā manu tātāriki, ngā manu mātārae. Tīhoihoi ana te kōwetewete mai a mātiti. Whakanui tonu ana ēnei manutaki o Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe. Kākahutia e te kōpuni tauwhāinga hei tohu rangatira. Tiaho mai i te uma o Ranginui. Tau ana!

A proud day indeed with the graduation of her daughter Mereana. Mereana’s tamariki played a special part in the graduation ceremony when her whānau joined Mum on the red carpet. ‘E hine, kāore e kore e tiaho mai te whetū i te rangi, hei tohu hākoa o tō pāpā, tiaho tonu mai e Kō.’

Māoridom gathered at Victoria University to celebrate the graduation of future academics and leaders. Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe were well represented with the student speaker Nicola Grace sharing her experience and journey as a student and advocate of hauora. The Taurahere of the Wellington region congratulate you all.

Kāti rā, kia kaha, kia māia koutou katoa kia piki ake i te poutama o te mātauranga. Kia whakahā i te whai ao, kia pā atu ki te tāpuhipuhitanga o te Toi ahurewa. Kia eke panuku kia eke Tangaroa Haumi e Hui e Tāiki e.

Mā te pakiaka tū ai te rākau pou matua, huihui ai ngā manu.

Back row, left to right: Te Rongomai Tipene-Matua, Rakaitemania Parata Gardiner. Front row, left to right: Taina Wilson, Mereana Pere, Nicola Grace, Rueben Radford, Shianne Ngerengere-Jones.

Back row, left to right : Dr Lynne Russell, Mereana Pere (mother and daughter).Front row: Mereana’s tamariki – Piwaiwaka, Mereana and Te Kaitiaki.

The Office • Applications are to be submitted at least two weeks prior to commencement of the term in which the tuition is to be undertaken. • Provision is also available (on a case-by-case basis) for tamariki who require special learning assessments.

Tahua Taunaki Ākonga- Learner Support Fund Tahua Taunaki Ākonga have funding available for personalized tuition for registered Ngāi Tahu students aged between 5 and 18 years of age, to support your tamariki to further their progress at school.

For further information or an application form please contact us mā or 0800 942 472.

• One term of funding is available per financial year (up to a maximum of $450) 26

Improved Auahi Kore Support for Te Waipounamu Te Hā – Waitaha and Oranga Hā - Tai Poutini have been established to support people in Canterbury and the West Coast to stop smoking. Both organisations work with clients to provide support and find ways that can help make quitting easier. After an initial face-to-face meeting clients can tailor a stop smoking programme that could include more face-to-face meetings, texting, online support, or attending group sessions. There is also access to free nicotine replacement products like patches, gum and lozenges. Te Hā – Waitaha is a new free stop smoking service which is available to all Canterbury people who smoke. Te Hā – Waitaha employs eight quit coaches who are especially trained to take people through a step by step journey so they can become smokefree. Manager Vivien Daley says the service has a strong kaupapa Māori approach. “As well as having mobile quit coaches who can provide quit services within Christchurch and rurally, we have Māori quit coaches based at He Waka Tapu, Te Puawaitanga and Purapura Whetu. “Wherever you are at with your quitting journey, we have people can help you become smokefree and stay that way.” To start your smokefree journey with Te Hā – Waitaha phone 0800 425 700 or email

Oranga Hā - Tai Poutini employ three staff dedicated to helping people on the West Coast become smokefree - Joseph Mason, Trish Hunt and Kerri-Ann Rakena. Manager Gail McLauchlan says the service is providing West Coasters with more intensive, personalised and effective smokefree support. “You are more likely to be successful if you have support. We have three stop smoking staff who can work with you to set a quit date, and provide ongoing support so you can stay smokefree,” says Gail. “Whether it’s your first quit attempt or your twenty-first, we can help you become smokefree and stay that way!” To start your smokefree journey with Oranga Hā - Tai Poutini go to or phone 0800 456121.

New stop smoking organisations have also been established in Nelson Marlborough, South Canterbury, and in Otago and Southland


Ka tūhono rātou i a rātou, ka tākaro, ka katakata, ka mahi, ka tautohetohe, ka kōrerorero i roto i te reo Māori. Mei kore ake koutou ko tō tātou kaiārahi hou i te tau nei ko Henare Te Aika-Puanaki me tōna kāhui, arā ko Ana Tangaroa, Kelly-Ann Tahitahi, Jeanine Tamati-Elliffe, Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe, Komene Cassidy, Makanihi Takuira-Mita, tē taea kā mātua te haere ki te ako tahi ai. Kāore i ārikarika kā mihi ki a koutou katoa!!

Kura Reo Kāi Tahu 2017

Arowhenua Marae 9 – 13 Iwa I tae atu te tini me te mano o kā whānau reo Māori, kā ākoka reo Māori ki Arowhenua ki te Kura Reo Kāi Tahu 2017. I ikapahi rā mātou ki te noho tahi i raro i te kaupapa o te whanaukataka, o te kotahitaka hoki, kia ako tahi ai, kia kauneke ake tō tātou reo me ōhona tikaka. He hokika pai mā mātou ki te whare o Te Hapa o Niu Tireni kua whakahoukia i tērā tau. I te whakarahi o te whare hou, o te wharekai hoki, ka noho tahi ai te katoa e pāinaina ana i te manaakitaka o te hau kāika.

The first major event on the KMK calendar, Kura Reo Kāi Tahu, was held at Arowhenua Marae from 9 - 13 January. Our first time being in the redeveloped marae, we were so impressed by the increased capacity and absolutely beautiful refurbishments. Kura Reo Kāi Tahu is a whānau event that promotes a reo Māori lifestyle and allows learners the opportunity to build upon Kāi Tahu language skills, develop tribal knowledge and strengthen connections with other te reo speakers and whānau. Formal learning sessions were facilitated by our team of kaiako, Lynne Harata Te Aika, Hana O’Regan, Charisma Rangipunga, Karuna Thurlow, Justin Tipa and Corban Te Aika.

E kore e mimiti te puna o aumihi ki a koutou i tautoko i tēnei kaupapa whakahirahira. Ki a koutou o Kāti Huirapa, kā tohuka o te manaaki, ao te pō, pō te ao nā koutou mātou i āta tiaki. E kore nei e pīkoko te puku o ērā tākata nā te pūkahu o te poa - kāore i tua atu i a koutou i te manaaki tākata!! Nō mātou te whiwhi, i whakaae mai a Aunty Rānui Ngarimu rātou ko Te Ripowai Higgins ko Professor Rawinia Higgins kia tae atu hai pou mātauraka mō mātou. Tēnā rawa atu koutou! Ki a koutou rā kā pou reo, arā ko Lynne Harata Te Aika, Hana O’Regan, Charisma Rangipunga, Karuna Thurlow, Justin Tipa, Corban Te Aika – koutou kua whakamahiti korou ki te whākai atu i kā pitopito kōrero, i kā akoraka ki a tātou te huka e pīkoko ana ki tō tātou reo kāmehameha – kai ruka noa atu koutou!!

Highlights of this year’s Kura Reo included the mock pōwhiri, complete with wero, held to hone the skills of those in the rōpū ‘Te Tihi’ along with an awesome whānau afternoon at the local puna kaukau and an award winning singing performance from our tamariki. As always we were spoilt by Aunty Rita and the team of rika wera who demonstrated their manaaki by keeping our bellies full and hearts happy.

“Nōku te korikori, kia kori mai hoki koe” Ko te whakakiteka atu o te reo Māori hai āhua noho whakatūturu mō te whānau ko tētehi o kā whāika matua o tēnei kura reo. Ia tau, ia tau, whakapau kaha ai kā kaitiaki tamariki, kia āta poipoi ake kā tamariki i roto i tō tātou reo me ōhona tikaka.

This year we were fully subscribed once again with close to 150 iwi members registering to participate in our week-long full immersion wānaka reo. Our apologies to those late registrations who we unfortunately had to decline. Please keep an eye out for other KMK events for 2017 and ensure you register early!

KMK events calendar INITIATIVE



Kia Kūrapa ki Awarua

**Postponed** Dates to be confirmed

Beginners – Intermediate levels.

Kura Reo ki Te Waipounamu

18-22 Kai te Haere (April) 2017 Ōtākou Marae

Intermediate and above levels


Kura Reo KÄ i Tahu - Arowhenua


Kura Reo Rakatahi ki Awarua

Awarua hui nui! Ka rere kā mihi ki a koutou i kaha manaaki mai i a mātou i tō tātou Kura Reo Rakatahi kua hori ake nei. Ahakoa uaina e te ua, whitikina e te rā, i whāi mātou i tō tātou reo rakatira. Kua paiheretia tātou e te taukaea aroha ki tō tātou iwi, ki tō tātou reo, e kore e motu.

A huge thanks to the Awarua Marae whānau – Bubba and Gail, Dean Whaanga, Stephanie Leith and Ataahua, Missy, Maria Pera, Aimee and Jason, Thomas, Jackie and all who came to tautoko, to share, to celebrate our Kāi Tahutaka with our young titirei – future leaders. Participants thoroughly enjoyed connecting to our taiao with Hākui Steph, who took us on a short hīkoi through a stunning patch of native bush, te wao nui o Tāne. A lot of fun was had constructing our own wharau/shelters and learning about rākau Māori.

Nāia te toa o Kāi Tahu, kai a ia anō tōna reo Māori! Ko te toa i a tini, i a mano takatā. I aukahatia tō tātou waka unua, arā ko te waka reo. Ko kā kaiuruki, ko kā kaihoe ko ā mātou rakatahi. Kua hiki te manawa o Tahu Pōtiki i a koutou, kā korokoro tūī, kā kākā haetara o tēnei reaka i whakairi kōrero ki ruka anō i ōnā pātū rā, i kā pakitara o tō tātou whare.

Thanks also to Tane Davis and whānau from Ōraka Aparima and the other waka ama experts who supported our waka session which saw a fine patch of weather that permitted us to take our 50 strong crew out on the water for some waka ama experience.

Ka timu te tai, ka pao te torea, ka ina te harakeke a Hinekakai.

In remembrance of those iwi leaders no longer here with us, who fought so that we might have opportunities such as Kura Reo Rakatahi for these very tamariki and mokopuna today, we leave you with a waiata taki, adapted by our rakatahi at the Kura Reo from a tribute given by Timoti Rapatini upon the death of his wife, Kiti Rapatini (née Burns) in 1875. Something old, something new. He kākano i ruia mai i Rakiātea.

The recent week spent at Awarua Marae with 50 rakatahi from across our Kāi Tahu takiwā was invigorating! Among them are some of our finest future orators, who like their tīpuna, have innate qualities and abilities in quickly attaining new knowledge, making the most of the opportunity to build on their awareness of ancestral stories and creation narratives of our tīpuna. He kai mā te hirikapo, kia mau, kia titia ki te manawa.

Taku Waka Unua

Taku waka unua o rauraki e Taupua tapatahi, te tāwai o raro e Kei hea hoki rā kā rauawa i mau ai? Arā te tuataka E konā pae rā ia i te tai e Tai pakaru ana, tai marakai e Ko te kākau tonu ka mate Ka pōkaikaha noa i konei

My double-hulled waka, memories of halcyon days Now floats, a singly unadorned hull Where are the gunnels once attached? There yonder are the battens Washed ashore on the tide By a turbulent sea, a stormy sea Alas my heart is also broken Leaving me in a state of loss


Puna Pūtea o KMK

Darren Solomon (Project Advisor) Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu 15 Show Place, Christchurch Phone 0800 KAITAHU Email:

KMK funding can be applied for by all registered Ngāi Tahu individuals, whānau and cluster groups wanting to develop their Māori language. The next funding round closes on 24 February, 2017. For application forms or more information, check out our website

For further information about the Papakāika Reo Fund – please contact: Victoria Campbell (Project Advisor) Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu PO Box 799 Dunedin Phone 0800 KAITAHU Email:

If you have any questions or require further information about the Kā Manukura o Te Reo, Whānau Reo or Kāika Reo funds – please contact:

Reo o Te Wā


Marama: Kahuru (February), Kahuru-kai-paeka (March) Kaupeka: Raumati (Summer)

Tāhaku kuru auhuka My Darling Tāhaku hei taramea My beloved child Nōku te korikori, kia kori mai hoki koe Where I go, you follow Kia mau ki tō tāua āhua Māori Hold to your identity (words of encouragement for our tamariki learning te reo Māori)

Whakaahua Tīpuna/Whānau

We would like to thank and acknowledge Edward Ellison, Patty-Ann Oberst, Darnelle McLean Smith and Meri Jacobs for making contact with us.

Darnelle McLean Smith advised that, when looking at Eruera Tirikatene (in the heavy overcoat), the gentleman behind him, to his right, is Joseph Heath from Waihao.

Edward advised that the person ninth in the photo, from the left, is Te Iwi Herehere (Davy) Ellison from Ōtākou.

Thanks also to Meri Jacobs who identified her father in this photograph. Henare Te Ara Jacobs is third from the left in the front row.

Patty-Ann Oberst called and is fairly sure that the gentleman second row standing, sixth from the left, is Harawira Wekepiri (Harry Wakefield). If the gentleman is Hararwira Wekepiri, then the little boy is most probably George Crawford (who is the mokopuna of Harawira Wekepiri and who travelled everywhere with him). 

If you have any further information to share about this, or any of the Whakaahua Tipuna/Whānau images we have published, please do not hesitate to contact either Tania Nutira or Robyn Walsh, Ngāi Tahu Archives Unit on 0800 Kāi Tahu (0800 524 8248).

Back cover image from the December 2016 issue.


Kaiwhakahaere Ruth Jones explains why she and husband Gary Williams took on the challenge of the Whānau Ora approach. “We wanted to raise the mauri of people with disabilities and bring them closer together with their culture and whānau. That’s why we chose the name,” says Ruth.

Hei Whakapiki Mauri

A new project that explores what’s important to Māori with disabilities and their whānau has been supported by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island.

The Hei Whakapiki Mauri tohu was designed to represent togetherness and shows different koru coming together in one kete. The project is about giving disabled Māori the knowledge and resources to be who they want to be. The goals of the hui are wide-reaching. By attending you will:

Hei Whakapiki Mauri is free for all Māori with disabilities and their whānau in Christchurch and Canterbury. The concept is to bring together disabled Māori, whānau and support people to kōrero about what was important to them. Seven workshops will take place before the end of the first term in 2017. A larger hui will be held during the April school holidays, 14-30 April, to showcase what has been achieved.

• Build your knowledge and confidence in te ao Māori • Discover what’s important to you, your aspirations and map your journey • Learn to navigate the disability and funding systems • Build relationships with like-minded whānau. Through Hei Whakapiki Mauri, you and your whānau can explore what is important to you through whakapapa, tikanga and reo. And if this kaupapa sounds like you, maybe you’re interested in applying for the role of a Whānau Ora Navigator. The Navigator will support disabled Māori to become active members of their communities and plan for the future they want through one-on-one facilitation and mentoring. Apply via Seek or directly to Applications close at 5pm on Friday 10 February. Find out more:

Piri Sciascia. In his words, “Our rakatahi are the tide of the new day – Te Tai Awatea. For Kāi Tahu, Taiawatea is ever the new dawning tide, as is the taiahiahi the ever nightfall tide, representing incoming and outgoing generations of our people.”

Taiawatea Fund

The Ngāi Tahu Fund recently announced a new funding initiative, Taiawatea, which aims to recognise rangatahi who are keen to develop and express leadership in Ngāi Tahutanga.

Last year, three rangatahi were recognised for their efforts at a regional Ngā Manu Korero (Speech) competition and selected to be part of the pilot round of Taiawatea funding. The funding supported their travels to Ngā Manu Kōrero National Secondary School competition held in late September, which was hosted by Te Reo o Te Tai Tokerau.

The Fund will consider applications from Ngāi Tahu rangatahi to engage in cultural leadership opportunities in mahi toi, te reo, tikanga, whenua, mana tangata, ngā uara, mahinga kai, whakapapa, ā kainga, ā whānau, ā hapū and or ā iwi.

“We aim to encourage more rangatahi to utilise the Taiawatea Fund. The awesome thing about this funding is that it is inclusive, in the way that both registered rangatahi and Ngāi Tahu-associated groups are able to submit applications to our committee" says Lisa.

“The idea of this new funding came from recognising rangatahi development as a top priority for the iwi. Currently 23% of our total enrolled members are aged between 13-25, that’s a large proportion of our iwi. Investing in our rangatahi now will positively impact our iwi in the future.” says Lisa Tumahai, Interim Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

The Taiawatea Fund is just one of the funds that have been developed to help strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahu culture. There are other funding initiatives including the Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund, the Taurahere Fund and the Marae Development Fund.

The inspiration behind the name of this fund came from one of the Ngāi Tahu Funds Committee board members,


How much we fund: • He kaupapa iti – small projects for individuals (up to $5,000) • He kaupapa nui – medium projects for legal entities only (up to $30,000) • He kaupapa nui rawa – (over $30,000) – a written expression of interest should accompany all large/ transformational applications, please contact the Fund’s team in advance if you intend to submit a large project. *Only available for legal entities.

The Ngāi Tahu Funds team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year – we are now back at the tari of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and looking forward to helping whānau who apply to the Ngāi Tahu Fund.

Funding round now open The next round of funding for the Ngāi Tahu Fund is now open. Also, if you, your whānau or hapū would like to contribute (i.e hold cultural workshops etc.) at Hui-ā-Iwi later this year, then please apply during this round as the next scheduled funding round in September will be too late. Applications for this current round will close on Friday 31 March. For fairness to others, we will not be accepting any late or incomplete applications.

The full criteria for accessing the Fund is contained in the application form, which can be downloaded from our website: Our funding committee meet in May to discuss the applications, so ensure your project does not start before this date as retrospective funding is not offered. The Funds team are available to meet with you to work through the application process. Feel free to contact our Fund’s Advisor, Morgan Lee on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) or email:

The Ngāi Tahu Fund was established to vitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahutanga.

Areas we support: The Fund focuses on supporting cultural projects around: • Whakapapa – kinship • Tikanga – protocols and customs • Te reo – language • Mahi toi – creative expression • Whenua – landscape, place and locality • Mahinga kai – customary food gathering, species protection and restoration • Ngā uara – values and beliefs • Ā kāinga, ā hapū, ā iwi – community engagement and participation; and • Mana tangata – self-determination and selfconfidence.  

A recently funded korowai weaving wānanga at Te Rau Aroha Marae.

your recent statement, in the top right-hand corner. Another way could be to set up a small regular amount from your online banking; Whai Rawa Trust is available to be set up in the Bill Payments section of most NZ banks.

Dollar-a-week: New Year’s Resolution? If you didn’t save into Whai Rawa during the 2016 calendar year, you will not receive a Matched Saving into your Whai Rawa account at the end of March. It’s not too late to make a New Year’s Resolution. Remember that tamariki (aged 15 and under) need just $0.97 per week or $50 during the calendar year to receive their $200*, and adult members (aged 16 – 64) need $3.85 per week or $200* during the calendar year to receive their $200* maximum Matched Savings. More details are in the Product Disclosure Statement, available at our office or online at

Member Annual, Newborn Distribution and Matched Savings All members who saved into Whai Rawa during 2016 will receive Matched Savings* (capped at $200 per member, per calendar year) by the end of March 2017. All whānau who were Whai Rawa members in 2016 will receive an Annual Distribution (subject to approval at Te Rūnanga in February 2017) at the same time, by the end of March 2017. Elective members (those aged 65 and older) receive Kaumātua Grants rather than Whai Rawa Matched Savings and Distributions.

Automatic Payment or Online Banking? We’ve included an Automatic Payment form with this issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka and encourage all members who aren’t yet saving, to consider getting into the savings habit. Complete the AP form and return to your bank, including your Whai Rawa member number as a reference; it’s on

* Te Rūnanga Matched Savings and Distributions are available to all members under 65 years of age (see page 5 of the Product Disclosure Statement) and are subject to RSCT (Retirement Scheme Contribution Tax) deducted at your personal RSCT rate (see page 13-14 of the Other Material Information document at 


and the region is a no-brainer and especially to support those who often face barriers to employment”. John Fitzgerald, Project Director for the City Care JFC joint venture, is keen to see a community wide impact from this partnership. “We want to develop the workforce of tomorrow and create more opportunities for women and those underrepresented to enter, succeed and lead in the industry”.

The He Toki Apprenticeship Trust, which has successfully recruited over 50 apprentices for the construction sector in a little over a year, is expanding into civil construction through a partnership with City Care in a joint venture partnership with JFC. These new agreements will allow He Toki to not only support Canterbury, but also the Kaikōura rebuild.

According to Eruera Tarena, Chief Executive of Te Tapuae o Rehua, the feedback He Toki has been receiving from employers has been inspiring.

He Toki, Programme Manager, Kym Hamilton, says the new agreements will not only allow us to get more Māori into the trades, but also to support whānau in Kaikōura by assisting them into employment and training over the next 12 months to rebuild their roads and whare.

“We have received feedback from employers that our apprentices are really adding value on site and are contributing to the development of stronger teams,” says Eru. He Toki Apprenticeship Trust brings together the strengths, knowledge, expertise, capability and networks of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Tapuae o Rehua, Hawkins Group, and Ara Institute of Canterbury. The Patron is Tā Mark Solomon.

“We are also looking at how we can support those who have been involved in tourism and hospitality in Kaikōura, who might want to stay working in this sector and gain more skills and qualifications outside the region, similar to a gap year,” says Kym.

If you would like to get involved as a He Toki Apprentice or employer, call 0800 HE TOKI (438 – 654).

“The City Care JFC joint venture have offered spaces on their projects for rangatahi in Christchurch and Kaikōura. He Toki apprentices will get a chance to experience the range of disciplines that form the civil construction sector before making a decision about specialisation” says Kym. “The programme has been so successful to date because we are working with exemplary employers who are committed to employing young local Māori,” she says. Rhys Head, from the City Care JFC joint venture is also part of Matapopore and has recently been co-opted onto He Toki Trust governance. Rhys says, “The need for social outcomes as part of our development in the city

He Toki civil skills students helping to rebuild a deck at the Spreydon Methodist Church.

Pānui Ngāi Tahu Carvers and Weavers Steering Committee

discuss and progress the setting of Ngāi Tahu standards for carving and weaving. Below are the dates and venues. Register your interest at: Mobile: 027 438 2625

He karanga tēnei ki a koutou ngā kaimahi whakairo, ā, ki a koutou ngā kaimahi raranga. E pōwhiritia nei ngā kaiwhakairo me ngā kairaranga Ngāi Tahu ki te haere i te raupapa o wānanga e tü nei tēnei tau, ki te whakwhiti kōrero me te ahu whakamua i te tautuhinga paerewa Ngāi Tahu mö te whakairo me te rāranga. Tēnei ko ngā rā me wāhi. Rēhita koutou i a: waea: 027 438 2625

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March 10 - 12 May 12 - 14 June 30 - July 2 September 8 - 10 November 3 - 5

Arowhenua Ōnuku Kaikōura Arahura Ōraka Aparima

Miriama Evans, Chair Ngāi Tahu Carvers and Weavers Steering Committee.

An invitation to all Ngāi Tahu carvers and weavers to attend a series of wānanga being held this year to 34

Crusaders squad visit Rehua Marae

Over 60 of the Crusaders 2017 squad, including coaching and management staff, attended a brief informal hui at Te Whatu Manawa o Rehua Marae. Joe Moody (Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri) spoke on behalf of the manuhiri at the pōwhiri, thanking those in attendance from Rehua Marae, and connecting back with his Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. Kaumātua, Ruawhitu Pokaia opened his whaikōrero with “Te kaupapa o te rā – whakawhanugatanga” and spoke of the importance of establishing this relationship, as well as the close proximity to the Crusaders Christchurch training ground, Rugby Park less than 2km away. The visit marked the first steps in establishing a relationship with the local marae, and for some, was the first step they had ever taken onto a marae. Laughter and references to rival Super Rugby teams broke through the nerves within the first few minutes.


Bishop Wallace

In a service at Ōnuku Marae in January, Richard Rangi Wallace was ordained as the new Bishop of Te Waipounamu. This is the first time a person of Ngāi Tahu whakapapa has held the prestigious position. Bishop Wallace says he was humbled by the 400 people who attended his ordainment ceremony. “I am happy to be given the role and I am really excited to represent my people,” says Bishop Wallace. “I am not only the first Ngāi Tahu to hold the position, but also the first Royal New Zealand Air Force member to get the role which I think is something unique,” he says. Bishop Wallace on his knees as part of the ordainment ceremony.

Bishop Wallace is well equipped to handle this role having held ministry oversight for Christchurch as Kaiwhakamana Ōtautahi and having previously been the Archdeacon of Te Tai Poutini. But he attributes a lot of his involvement with the Anglican Church to his marriage.

“It is like I have done a full circle and returned here for a reason,” he says. Bishop Wallace says that the first he thought of taking the role was when he was helping clean up after the service for the first Bishop of Te Waipounamu John Gray.

“When I met my wife her family gave me a number of tasks to prove myself. I remember one which included taking photos of an urupā. When I went to take the photos it was a terrible day but when the photos were developed it looked as though it was a lovely day. It was as though someone had put a hand on them,” he says. Despite growing up in a Rātana Anglican home he says his involvement with his wife’s family really got him more involved.

“Following the service I was helping up by cleaning the floors in the bathroom and I heard a voice say; ‘I suppose you will be next.’ I was a little stunned and then I saw Bishop Gray’s wife cleaning the next stool, he says. From there Bishop Wallace was elected as the Bishop of Te Waipounamu by electors of the Anglican Maori Diocese. As part of his ordainment Richard Wallace was presented a series of gifts to help him in his new role. These were a rochet and chimere, a stone, a ring, a pactoral cross, a crozier, a cape and mitre a communion set, a cross and a bible.

Bishop Wallace said it was right that the ordainment be at Ōnuku because he was baptised at the church in Ōnuku and had an involvement in returning the Tumuki pou that stands outside the church.

Bishop Wallace following his ordainment. Photo courtesy of Te Rūnanga O Makaawhio.


Kaiapoi MR 873 Sec 158 Date: 13 March 2017 Time: 2pm Location: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Ground Floor, 10 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch

Please view the below schedule for upcoming meeting of owners

Kaiapoi MR 873 Sec 247 Date: 13 March 2017 Time: 11am Location: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Ground Floor, 10 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch

Kaiapoi MR 873 Sec 7D2 Date: 14 March 2017 Time: 9am Location: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Ground Floor, 10 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch

Taumutu Commonage Date: 18 March 2017 Time: 9.30 Location: Tuahiwi Marae, 219 Tuahiwi Road, Tuahiwi 769

Kaiapoi MR 873 Sec 55B Date: 14 March 2017 Time: 11am Location: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Ground Floor, 10 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch

Enquiries to: Niwa Kahukiwa 0800 WHENUA (0800 943 682)

Kaiapoi MR 873 Sec 78 Date: 13 March 2017 Time: 4pm Location: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Ground Floor, 10 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch

Please see the Te Tumu Paeroa website for the agenda for each hui. Te Tumu Paeroa is the organisation that supports the Māori Trustee to carry out his duties, functions and responsibilities.

Kaiapoi MR 873 Sec 92B Date: 14 March 2017 Time: 1.30pm Location: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Ground Floor, 10 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch

Notice of meeting Taumaka me Popotai – Open Bay Islands, Haast Date: Saturday 25 March Time: 1pm Venue: Haast Hall, Pauareka Road, Haast Township

For further information please contact Helen Rasmussen on 03 7500 030. Limited flights out to the island will be available at the conclusion of the meeting, as well as limited transport to and from Hokitika. Please RSVP to

Agenda: Further consultation regarding proposed eco-cultural tourism development.

Notice of unveiling

George Te Aokarewa Skipper This is a notice for whānau to advise that the unveiling for George Te Aokarewa Skipper will be held. Saturday 11th March 2017 at 11am at Te Kopa Urupā, Railway Rd, Wairoa. Please contact Kerry (text only) 027 370 4816 or Karen 021 078 0398 for more information.Ngā mihi, Karen Skipper-Hawaikirangi.

Meeting of owners

Taukahara trust Pānui to owners of MR875 Rāpaki Section 1C (Taukahara). An owners meeting for the above section of Māori freehold land is set down as follows:

Purpose of meeting: • Expansion of number of trustees from 5 to 7 • Election of trustees • Trustees report • Financial report • Proposed distribution.

Date: Sunday 9 April 2017 Time: 2pm Venue: Rāpaki Marae.

For any further information contact Yvette Couch-Lewis, Chair on 03 328 9307 or email or


The business of wool

Young Ngāi Tahu entrepreneur, Lucas Smith has been setting up businesses since he was fifteen. After starting a business selling clothes out of his high school dorm, Lucas has moved on to create his company, Walk On, a company that makes merino wool blister protection product that are 100% natural, ethically farmed and biodegradable. Lucas attributes the success of Walk On to his previous business efforts. “Creating, failing and ending previous businesses really set me up for success. I learnt about supply chains, logistics, accounting and business operations, which I could not have learnt any other way,” he says. Support from Ngāi Tahu has also been a great help to his business he says. Lucas Smith working on the back of a ute.

“ I have been in touch with the Tribal Economies team and they have helped me contact business mentors and are working with me on the possibility of getting a business support grant,” he says.

“While I was working as a guide, I saw the silicon patches people used for their blisters, littered across the tracks. I thought there must be a better way.” Because of this Lucas created Walk On.

The Tribal Economies team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu say they love his entrepreneurial spirit and are helping his pursue his business goals.

“You simply take an inch long strip of the Hyperfine Merino and wrap it around your heel, toes and it will bind to your cotton or woollen socks and prevent blisters,” he says.

Having worked as a hiking guide, Lucas wanted to ensure every hiker had a great trip. “I was fed up with the blister prevention products that were on offer. They trap in the heat and moisture and peel off and rip.

“I wanted walkers to have the option of something natural and New Zealand-made, which is why Walk On is created from locally sourced, Hyperfine Merino wool.” “Farmers have been using wool like this for years but we have made our product so that it is accessible and easy to use,” he says.

“Getting blisters ruins your trip. It shifts your focus from enjoying the landscape to focusing on your feet,” he says.

Merino wool blister protection.


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Māori Land-Based Summit first of it’s kind

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu CEO, Arihia Bennett says, “Innovation and technology will be key drivers in ensuring a vibrant future for land-based industry. Unleash the Māui creates an exciting opportunity to bring together many of the leading influencers and innovators in the sector to share and inspire innovative and creative solutions for a positive future.

Unleash the Māui- Māori land-based summit to be held in March 2017 will be the first of its kind for Aotearoa and Te Waipounamu (the South Island). The three-day summit hosted by Whenua Kura and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will be held at the Lincoln Events Centre, 15 – 17 March. “This is a conference with a difference and acknowledges the important role of Māori in the future of the land-based industry” says Renata Hakiwai, Chair Unleash the Maui Steering Committee.

Over 35 inspirational presenters re lined up. Among them: Dr Ian Proudfoot - global agribusiness and future foods leader, Dr Selai Letica - environmental entrepreneur and scientist at Agresearch, Robett Hollis – Māori life style entrepreneur and Tangaroa Walker – Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmers winner and entrepreneur.

“The whenua has always been important to Māori - it’s in our traditions and is integral to our whakapapa – we are of this land. It has fed and sustained our people for many generations.”

The event will also showcase some of Aotearoa’s leading Māori land-based businesses including: Miraka, Awanui Huka Pak, Watsons and Sons Honey, Tuaropaki Trust, and Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

The theme: Past, Present and Future will focus on leadership, pathways and innovation and is designed to enable innovative, creative and sustainable solutions for the whenua (land) as created by Māui – the Māori demigod responsible for the creation of the whenua of Aotearoa.

“It will be a dynamic and innovative event we hope will inspire and motivate the growth of Māori leaders and business success in the land-based sector. Our people are some of the best innovators and entrepreneurs in the world, and we need to ensure we provide them with the tools and platforms to unleash”, says Renata Hakiwai.

The Summit will explore issues, priorities and challenge thinking with a view to: growing Māori leadership within the land-based sector, progressing innovative solutions to enable Māori success, alignment with hapū, iwi and Māori advancement aspirations and exploring deeper and more collaborative solutions to the key challenges facing the sector. It will also celebrate and acknowledge success as a motivation to continue our positive progress into the future.

Registrations are now open at:

There will be considerable focus on emerging leaders, encouraging them to be more entrepreneurial, innovative and future focused.


Ngāi Tahu Scholarships aim to encourage and support Ngāi Tahu whānau into technical professions, commercial and business careers. The support provides opportunities to gain and enhance career experience with Ngāi Tahu Commercial Businesses and key partners.

Matakahi are Ngāi Tahu Holding’s commerically focused iwi scholarships for Ngāi Tahu tertiary students, aiming to build strong leaders for the future, both commercially and culturally.

Pūmanawa is Ngāi Tahu Property’s commercially focused iwi scholarship for Ngāi Tahu tertiary students, aiming to build strong leaders for the future, both commercially and culturally.

In 2017, we have up to 12 scholarships on offer so if you are studying commerce – primarily (but not limited to) information technology, finance and accounting, marketing or management, law or property then we would like to hear from you.

In 2017, we have a scholarship on offer so if you are studying commerce – primarily (but not limited to) information technology, finance and accounting, marketing or management, law or property then we would like to hear from you.

Ngāi Tahu and Beca have formed a partnership to provide exciting scholarship opportunities available for Ngāi Tahu whānau. In 2017, we have three scholarships on offer so if you are studying engineering, environmental, architecture, planning, resource management, or landscape + urban design then we would like to hear from you.

Just as importantly, you will have a desire to build on your Ngāi Tahutanga and understand the commercial businesses of the iwi. If this sounds like something you would like to pursue, then please contact Alice Dimond on 03 371 0189 or

Applications are now open! Closing date: 17th March 2017

To apply, please visit and search all opportunities.


Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival Ötākou



TAIAWATEA Rangatahi Cultural Leadership Fund

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN AND CLOSE ON Friday 31 MARCH Registered Ngāi Tahu whānau are invited to apply for funding through Taiawatea to  implement projects aimed at strengthening Ngāi Tahu rangatahi aged 13-25 in their Ngāi  Tahutanga; and or to support participation at regional or national cultural events.

For the full criteria or to apply call 0800 KAI TAHU or visit: 44


NAIA TE TOA NGĀ RUNANGA SPORTS DAY Register your interest with your rūnanga (contacts can be found inside this issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka).

Naia Te Toa - is our rūnanga sports day. This is an opportunity for whānau from all around the motu to get together, catch-up and enjoy some friendly competition, banter, laughs and kai.

If you would like more information on which rūnanga you whakapapa to please call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

The sports include kī-o-rahi, netball, touch, bowls, euchre, line dancing, relays and tug-o-war.

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Year 1 is based around engagement. It can cover completing a simple online course, pronunciation or learning pepeha.

Year 2 is around connections. This covers learning about Ngai Tahu history, the settlement and connecting with their papatipu rūnanga.




Year 3 is around giving back to the iwi. This is an extension of the connections that have been formed and how whānau can use this to give back to the iwi.

The opening, closing and payment dates have now changed! Grants open between 1 March – 28 April at 5pm, payment date 3 May.

Grants reopen between 1 July – 30 August, payment date 1 September.

Proof of engagement declarations must be submitted between 2 October – 30 November, payment date 6 December.

As part of this change we can create pathways for you to learn, connect and engage with Ngāitahutanga.

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Te Panui Runaka February 2017